Jason Isbell has been a road warrior for years, both with his former band Drive-By Truckers and with his current troupe, the 400 Unit. However, in the last half-decade-plus, he has grown into a must-catch live act, whose ability to conjure up roaring Southern rock and story-driven folk rock is unparalleled.
Isbell has also had the good fortune of playing with some of his heroes, including John Prine and David Crosby. In a nod to his musical prowess, these collaborations feel less like baton-passing between generations than they do peers collaborating on equal footing.
The following are five of the best Isbell live moments, both solo and with the 400 Unit.